Creating a Virtual Sundial with FME
If you follow me on Twitter you might already guess what my project is about: sundials!
What triggered this project is that FME 2015 got a new transformer called the SurfaceFootprintReplacer. As the name suggests, the primary use is to create a footprint from a 3D feature such as a building. But a footprint is really just an overhead shadow, and the transformer also has options for adding the direction of the light source, so that we can cast an oblique shadow…
How to Upload Big Data to the Cloud
FME Cloud has been live for over 18 months now, and one of the biggest hurdles customers face is moving their datasets into the cloud—particularly if they are large. Below are the three main data upload challenges we see. Most scenarios we’ve seen involve loading data up to Amazon Web Services (AWS), since FME Cloud runs on AWS, […]
Testing… testing… – a simple guide to FME filter transformers
A couple of year’s ago I wrote an article about ‘conditional testing’ in FME, and when to use the different filtering transformers. Looking back it seems a bit long-winded and complicated (sorry) and so I wrote this short post to simplify when to use the Tester, TestFilter, and AttributeFilter.
Tortoises & Tesseracts: ETL for BI Data Warehousing
The municipality of Arnhem wanted all of their ETL processes on one platform—and to align their geospatial and business intelligence working groups. But could FME handle it all? Slowly Changing Dimensions were one of many BI-centric tasks that it would need to deal with…
What’s Great in FME Server 2015.1
Spring has sprung, and so has FME 2015.1. Here’s a list of everything new and noteworthy in this latest version of FME Server. You can download it here, and check out the list of FME Desktop changes here. Subscribers New SFTP Subscriber. (That makes 12 subscriber protocols… and we’re just getting started.) FTP Subscriber – […]
Nuclear BIM: Forsmark Integrates CAD, GIS, BIM, and Non-Spatial
FME and open standards like IFC are behind a data integration project at the Forsmark nuclear power plant in Sweden. Complex security requirements and enduring workflow design were just two of the challenges taken on by Certified FME Professionals.
The Feature Types They Are a-Changin’
In Latin they say “tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis” (the times change and we change with them). If you prefer your philosophy to have a Greek bent, Heraclitus said “Everything flows, nothing stands still”, and if you prefer it to be more contemporary (though not that contemporary), Bob Dylan put it even more succinctly: “The times, they are a-changin'”.
Well, FME feature types are a-changin’ too, and how!
What’s Great in FME 2015.1
It seems like yesterday we announced the release of FME 2015 and here we are ready to discuss the newest version, FME 2015.1, and its capabilities – the most intriguing of which I’ve outlined in this post. New support for Google Sheets As Google is expected to retire the older version of Google Drive’s spreadsheet application […]
The Why of BIM to GIS: George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Esri, Mount Vernon, and Quinn Evans Architects collaborate on a blended BIM-GIS 3D world with the assistance of the FME-based ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension – and provide project stakeholders with an incredibly detailed view of site and structure data and history for planning and maintenance. In a web browser!
Website Automation with Salesforce, Amazon, MySQL and FME
We put our own product to work, automating data transfers from Salesforce to Amazon and MySQL, and generating statistics-driven and dynamic web content. And almost none of it is spatial.